Hopetoun Women on Farms Gathering 2016
"Our Wimmera Mallee Life"
Registrations NOW CLOSED
The Women on Farms Gathering is an annual event that circulates around Victoria with a new town as a venue every year. The event supports rural communities and rural women and their families. Women or couples interested in rural life and agriculture from around Victoria, nationally and sometimes internationally often attend. Register for the whole weekend or, if you live in the Wimmera Mallee, simply register for Saturday or Sunday. Take a Sunday drive!
PROGRAM - $160 for whole weekend or individual costs
Due to the drought funding from Yarriambiack Shire Council via DEDJTR, workshops for visitors are now $10 each unless otherwise listed.
Friday 18th March
Guests arrive 3pm onwards to register at RSL Hall and pick up extra information and registration bag, lanyard and name tag.
6pm – MC Peter Robins & Rainey Carrah welcome all to the Marquee at Lake Lascelles Foreshore
Appetisers provided by Taste-ee Creations
BYO drinks, some soft drinks and water available for purchase
7pm – Special guest arrives to open our event
Two course meal provided by Giants Football Club
Various key note speakers
Evening concludes around 10pm
Saturday 19th March
* Saturday morning
7am - Free Tai Chi at lake with Thea Jarvis
8am - Free health assessments from National Centre for Farmer Health commence and run every half hour all day, in the Scout Hall – appointments with Cheryl 50832000 or Helen 0429006016
9am - Workshops commence in eight different halls or facilities (you are never too late for any workshop, just turn up, some will have ten minute breaks)
* Gateway Beet – Council Chambers - AGRICULTURE
9.30 - Mary Raynes – Finger on Pulse Promotion – all about pulses IYP
10.00 - Sally Norton – Saving seeds for future generations
10.30 - Dr Sara Hely – Making a career in science
11.00 - Jeanie Clarke – enviro education for all
11.30 - Ciara Cullen – the role of Birchip Cropping Group
Lady Scientists will be available to speak with in the courtyard as well, plus displays available
* Education Centre at Rural North West Health - HEALTHY EATING
9.30am - Eating healthy – Jill Whelan
11am – advice on Food intolerances of all kinds – Coeliac Society of Victoria & Judy Ferguson
Visitors are also encouraged to visit the aged care section and view displays, say hello to residents
* Lutheran Church and Church Hall – Extensive Debutante display from Susan Hogan
Display of photos and gowns of several generations, and available to view all weekend.
* Memorial Hall - CANCER, STRESS & ADDICTIONS
9am - Everything you need to know about Cancer – A team of cancer support services including Kathy Poulton, clients examples, Wimmera Health Care Group Oncology unit etc
11am - Stress Less with Deirdre and Holly Brocklebank of Canberra – great ideas for managing your own stress.
Attendees are encouraged to stay for a cuppa with the Gardening Club, running Devonshire teas all weekend from the Memorial Hall
* Senior Citizens Hall – CHANGE – recycling and changing the way you think
10.30am - Waste not want not – with La Vergne Lehmann plus ongoing display for weekend
9am & 11am - Change the way you think – Maria Noble Hayes
Lunch time onwards all displays in the Senior Citizens Hall organised by Nina Gould will be open for all to view for free, photography, art, research projects, well worth a visit
* Uniting Church Hall
Financial workshops from Morgans via the VFF and Prime Super all morning
9am & 10.30am with Carol Corby – various investments and financial planning (half our sessions)
10am Noel Harradine –Prime Super - Financial planning for women (half hour session)
11.30 & 11.45 Nicole Ladds – Superannuation and personal insurance for women (15 min sessions)
* RSL Hall – Ros Ryan of Wimmera Regional Library will have three morning workshops
9am – 10am Delve into your history – use of ancestry and trove.
10am-11am Crafting your story
11am – Storing digital photos, preserving old photos etc
And there will be an ongoing display of several different attractions all weekend. Ipads and iphones information with Lynette Coulston after lunch, How to put a community story into a book with Deanna Neville, Book sales from Deanna Neville, Fleur Ferris and more. All on display.
* Hopetoun Bowls Clubhouse
9am to 11.30am - IPad and IPhone training with ITandCoffee representative Lynette Coulston from Melbourne – easy lessons, easy to follow - $10 per hour for group sessions or individual costs for one to one worked out with Lyn privately at any time over the weekend.
TOURS FOR ANYONE – leaving RSL Hall precinct – Saturday only
10.30am – Guide Les Jones will take you to Yaapeet, Wyperfeld and Rainbow and return you about 4.30pm to Hopetoun (may need to buy lunch in Rainbow or take your own) $20 (NOTE: Those who have booked on the Rainbow tour advised that Yurunga Homestead cannot be seen as previously arranged. We are sorry for this unexpected change. Maybe visit it next time you visit.)
12.30pm – Guide Buzz Bailey will take you to Woomelang via the Drovers Hut Gallery at Lascelles, the hotel and a tour of Woomelang, and High Tea at Woomelang Bush Nursing Centre – the community hub of Woomelang, where there will be many displays
12.30pm – Guide Boots Lehmann will take you to Beulah, there will be a pulse luncheon at the Business centre, speakers on value adding for women, online businesses and a chance to visit the op shop, a visit to the Brim Silos hosted by Shane Wardle (afternoon tea to be supplied) and back to touch base with Squatter Coffey and his horse-riding business before returning to Hopetoun at 5pm
12.30pm – Guide Eric Yetman will take you to Pine Plains and Patchewollock with an outback twist, talk about modern day farming, Janine and the Progress group at Patchewollock will provide afternoon tea and you will return to Hopetoun around 5pm
Later and shorter tours are:
2pm - 4pm - Turriff West Church Picnic – Guide Austin Grace, and driver Narelle Gibson will take you through the scrub to Turriff West to see the lost community, typical of so many in our districts, great bush feel.
2pm - 4pm - Rosebery – Guide Tony Naylor and driver Michelle Morrossi will take you to Rosebery for a Devonshire tea with Mallee Sunsets Gallery and view the history collection with Trevor Starbuck.
SHUTTLE BUS TOURS - All weekend
Mini bus services as shuttle bus and local town tour – leaving from Memorial Hall and Corrong Homestead as bases, provided by O’Connors Farm Machinery. Drivers are Leigh Ballentine, Alan Malcolm and more to be confirmed.
Saturday Afternoon Workshops of interest to those not going on tours and day visitors
* Memorial Hall
1pm - Simone Dalton – drought support information and leadership
1.30pm – Kevin Sleep (moved from UC Hall) Making a Farm Plan
2.00pm – More Women in the CFA – information on lady members as helpers – Maxine Sleep and her role as Community Capacity Co-ordinator (NB moved from UC Hall)
2.30pm – Time to meet with Deirdre Brocklebank and learn more about her therapies and art therapy from Holly Brocklebank
3pm – Afternoon tea with Cr Susan Riley, Deputy Lord Mayor of Melbourne and Business Melbourne – small business owners are very welcome to discuss networks with Susan – join us – she may be of some help to you.
* RSL Hall
1pm – Ros Ryan and interested persons in family history continues
1pm – Lynette Coulston of IT&Coffee continues in offering one to one appointments for iPad or iPhone or general information
2pm to 4pm – We are very privileged to have the National Chairperson for Bully Zero, Oscar Hildiz, providing a presentation between these times for anyone interested and he will link up with Fleur Ferris at 4pm to sell his badges and give out information whilst Fleur signs and sells her famous book called RISK all about internet dangers.
Saturday night Dinner
MC Suzanne Gatz will welcome all at 6pm, followed by appetisers from Taste-ee Creations, and BYO drinks, some soft drinks available for sale
A very special program of special guests will be advertised separately for both dinners
Sunday 20th March, 2016
7am – Tai Chi at the Lake with Thea Jarvis
8am – Breakfast with the Hopetoun Angling Club for public and some guests , some are dining at the Bon Bon Café and some will get their own breakfast. Let Angling Club know if you want breakfast.
9am – Ecumenical Church Service at Memorial Hall until 9.45am to enable time for a cuppa before heading down to the Lake
MC for Sunday morning is Jo Bourke
10.15am - surprise speaker from MCMA and launch of story
11am – 12.30am – cooking demo in open air on the lakes foreshore with Simon Bryant, for the International Year of the Pulse
1pm - Handover to the next town to hold a Women on Farms event in 2017, followed by special guests comments, Andrew Broad MP to do a presentation, other Politicians present will be Sen Bridget McKenzie, Peter Crisp MP and Emma Kealy MP
Opportunities for purchasing a signed recipe book from Simon available, CWA recipe books and information from the heart foundation available.
DISPLAYS AND TOWN TOURS WILL CONTINUE ALL AFTERNOON WITH SOME MUSIC BY THE LAKE
Public are welcome to organise their own picnics, BBQs or purchases from our shops for the afternoon.
Registrations NOW CLOSED
THE HIGHLIGHTS JUST KEEP COMING!
Activities for Saturday:
Free Farmer Health and Lifestyle Assessments
Get your results immediately or next day – appointments taken for all day Saturday and Sunday. Book your time when you register for the Gathering
Booklet of Women's Stories
Pampering and Presenters on taking care of yourself
Country Fire Authority
Yarriambiack Tourism Trails
Displays and Demonstrations:
Case IH / O'Connors Machinery Display
Chef and International Year of Pulses (IYP 2016) Australian advocate
An advocate of simple produce driven cooking, Simon will demonstrate cooking with pulses on Sunday morning at 11am.
Yarriambiack Tourism on Show
Art & Patchwork & Photography
Rural Northwest Health Display
Focus on Community: Projects that support the community in a creative, meaningful & sustainable way
Displayed by Deanna Neville, Photo-narrative methodology is known for its capacity to elicit stories of hope, cohesion and resilience. Deanna explores strengths in communities and draws on messages that help participants and audiences recover from disasters or celebrate change. See a display of Deanna's work including her new book.
The GAP Girls
Corrong Homestead on Display
Dr Melanoma will be available all day Saturday to talk about 'Prevention of Skin Cancer'
Thank you to our Sponsors
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